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Ziggurat - The e-Newsletter of the UEA Alumni Association July 2018 View in browser
Graduation ceremony
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Welcome to the alumni association!

Graduation week

July is one of the highlights of the academic year thanks to graduation week. Armed with smiles and around 4,500 mugs, the alumni team will be welcoming the new graduates.

This year's graduation ceremonies will take place at Carrow Road from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July.

You can watch the ceremonies live online and take a stroll down memory lane with some of our archive photo albums. You can also follow the week’s festivities on social media using #UEAgrad18.

If you have one of our graduation mugs, we would love to see where it, and you, are now! Send us your photos, or post them on social media using #ueamugshot.

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The Smiths 1984

UEA gig history project receives international award

UEA’s gig history project has received international recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe for engaging work with alumni, communications and marketing.

The project, which brings together listings, posters, photos and gig memories spanning the past 50 years, received a silver Circle of Excellence award for ‘Best Use of Social Media'.

Many parts of the project have been collated and presented online by UEA Alumni, Conferences & Events team member Ruth Selwyn-Crome, including the gig memory blog which comprises personal accounts from performers, alumni and professors, with the Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson making his own contribution.

As part of the project, Gavin Hudson, who works for the Student Union, created a comprehensive list of all UEA gigs over the last 50 years.

Project organisers Ruth Selwyn-Crome and Maresa Padmore will make a presentation about the project at the Winners’ Circle session on Thursday 30 August at the Annual CASE Europe Conference in Edinburgh.

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UEA Global Gathering

2018 Global Gathering

Planning is underway for this autumn’s Global Gathering reunions, and this year we hope to have more alumni celebrating at more events than ever before!

Each September, alumni across the world get together to mark the University’s anniversary by holding Global Gatherings. The events can be as formal or informal as you like, and come in all shapes and sizes, from drinks or dinner, to a theme park visit, or even a day of charity or voluntary work in your community. The beauty of these reunions is that no two events are the same! Why not take a look at photos from last year’s reunions for some inspiration?

If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email Global Alumni Officer, Rose Kemmy, on

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Norfolk Day

Join UEA in celebrating the first ever Norfolk Day

A new scheme to celebrate all things Norfolk has been launched by the EDP with the support of organisations across the county.

The first Norfolk Day will take place on Friday 27 July and UEA is encouraging alumni, students and staff to make the most of the day and have a picnic on campus. So why not make the most of it, and get together with friends to come and celebrate by the lake?

Whether you’re on campus or taking part in many of the activities planned around the county, let us know by posting on social media using #NorfolkDay, or tag @UEAGrads.

News in Brief
Age and education affect job changes, study finds

New research reveals that people are more likely to change jobs when they are younger and well educated, though not necessarily because they are more open to a new experience.

Back to the future for UEA academics at Latitude Festival

UEA academics who are pioneering research into what the future holds for science, politics and language, will host a series of talks and workshops for young people at this year’s Latitude Festival.

It’s official - spending time outside is good for you

Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits - according to new research from the University.

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postcard from PPL

Postcard from PPL

The School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL) are running Postcards from PPL, a social media project collecting snapshots of working life from graduates from PPL and its constituent former Schools PSI, SOC, PHI, LCS, LLT and EUR.

Just search #pplpostcards to find some of the great examples already on Twitter. The School would love to collect some more to share with applicants and graduates alike. If you’re interested in sharing what you studied, what you do now, and a snapshot of your work on a particular day, please email Roger Baines on

We’re also keen to know of any internship opportunities you might be able to offer to students in PPL, we have hundreds of keen and interesting students looking for experience. Please contact Claire Cuminatto if you think you might be able to help.

Don’t forget our graduates’ LinkedIn groups, one each for PSI/SOC, PHI, and LCS/LLT/EUR respectively, which are a great way of connecting with the professional community of PPL graduates.

Salman Shaheen

Alumnus elected to new council role

In May, alumnus Salman Shaheen was elected to represent Isleworth ward on Hounslow London Borough Council, where he serves as Chair of the Labour Group and Vice-Chair of the council's Audit and Governance Committee.

Since leaving UEA Salman has worked as a journalist, writing for The Guardian, New Statesman, Times of India, Huffington Post and the Morning Star, as well as frequently commenting on politics and economics on television and radio.

Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke: The Art of Light

Making the most of the recent clear skies and sunshine, the new installation of stained glass panels at the Sainsbury Centre takes the natural light coming into the building and infuses it with colour and energy.

The creator of these works, Brian Clarke, is celebrated as the greatest stained glass artist in the world today and has collaborated globally with the most radical architects of our time. His stained glass screens, which will debut in this exhibition, are considered to represent the most significant artistic and technical breakthrough in the history of this thousand-year-old medium.

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Engagement awards

The 10th UEA Engagement Awards

Staff and students who have shared their knowledge with others have been recognised for their commitment at the 10th annual UEA Engagement Awards, which took place last month.

This year’s winners worked throughout the year to engage with the wider public and inspire the next generation of academics by holding activities such as camps, workshops and exhibitions. Many have also contributed to local and international media. Their work is often in their own time and in addition to their day-to-day teaching, research or study.

Lucka Bibic, pictured above receiving her certificate from Keith Roberts, is a postgraduate research student from the School of Pharmacy who wo a Student Engagement Award. She said: “I love science, and sharing my passion for discovery and learning with others. There are so many people we, as scientists, can reach in person to increase our impact and leave behind a lasting legacy.”

Dr Andrew Mayes, who received an Achievement Award for his innovative research into testing water for microplastics, added: “Academics must seek out opportunities and spend time and effort thinking about how to communicate often complex ideas in simple and clear ways. We must also listen to people and the questions they ask.” Certificates were presented by awards founder Professor Keith Roberts.

See all of this year’s winners on the awards pages here plus a downloadable souvenir booklet.

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Careers thank you event

Employer celebration event

Earlier this year the UEA Careers Service hosted their first Employer Celebration Event.

The evening event was a big thank you to employers who have engaged with the University, to recognise the valuable contributions they have made throughout the years, and celebrate the special relationships that have been built.

Hosted by Prof Fiona Lettice, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation, the event included speakers included Josh Smith, a final year student studying double languages and management, who shared the value he had gained from engaging with employers on campus; alumnus Peter Waterman, who works for Grant Thornton, and James Kearns, the Chief Executive of Build Charity. Watch this film to hear why so many businesses are keen to work with UEA’s careers team.

CareerCentral can help to connect your organisation with over 15,000 highly talented students as well as around 4,000 recent graduates, in a variety of different ways.

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Nees Needs Week

Bees’ Needs Week

Doing some shopping on Carnaby Street this week? Stop by and see the UEA School of Biological Sciences, who are down at the temporarily-renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ until Sunday 15 July in celebration of Bees’ Needs Week: a Defra initiative designed to get people thinking about the needs of one of our most prominent pollinators.

With posters, a 3D-printed bee and copies of The Bee Game – a card game designed by PhD student Lorna Blackmore – the team are demonstrating some of the important research into pollinators and pollinator-dependent crops being conducted at UEA. All the activity centres around a pop-up shop in Carnaby Street, complete with ‘bumble-arium’ bumblebee terrarium, a pollinator cinema and plenty of interactive activities.

Follow the UEA events team on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on during Bees’ Needs Week, and visit the UEA web case study on our pollinator research to find out more.

Keswick Hall Lectures

Being kind in a cruel world

Recordings of last month’s Keswick Hall Lectures – on the theme of kindness – are now available to watch on YouTube.

Hear from speakers including President of the Liberal Democrats Baroness Sal Brinton, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Anthony Isaacs, representatives from The Missing Kind and educational consultant Mary Myatt, plus Lee Marsden and Laura Biggart from UEA. In the three lectures, a diverse range of speakers give their opinions on the place of kindness in education, the community and public life. Is there a place for kindness in our ‘cruel world’?

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What's On

The Wars of the Roses and the Paston Letters

Tuesday 31 July, 6.30pm
Hungate Medieval Art, Hungate, Norwich, NR3 1AE
Dr Rob Knee

The Paston Letters provide us with dramatic eye-witness accounts of the Wars of the Roses. They also describe the bitter national power struggle, and how it influenced the micro wars being fought in Norfolk as the Paston family clashed with the Dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk. By 1485, both the houses of Lancaster and of Paston could claim victory.

In this talk, Dr Rob Knee will examine how the political and military events of this turbulent period were reflected through the correspondence of one aspirational Norfolk family.

This talk is part of the Paston Footprints project, which, through community collaboration and detailed research, aims to produce a range of new resources that will help local people connect with the remarkable story of the Paston family. More information can be found on the Paston Footprints project website.

The Big Debate: We should fear advances in Artificial Intelligence

Thursday 19 July, 6 - 8.30pm
The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a controversial subject with the late, great Professor Stephen Hawking warning in 2014 that the development of full AI could spell the end of the human race.

But should we fear advances in AI? Advocates point out that at its heart, current AI is driving business efficiency and freeing up resources to focus on customer satisfaction and improving customer experience.

Whatever your business, AI is something that is here now and will have an impact on all of us over the coming years.

IoD Norfolk, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and Norwich Barclays Eagle Labs bring you a panel of experts, covering the fields of AI Developers, Legal, Academia and Cyber Security to debate what AI will mean for us all.

Although there will be opportunities to ask additional questions at the end, we are asking for questions to be submitted in advance, to facilitate a robust and lively debate.

There will be refreshments and canapes served at the event, during the networking sessions.


In the past month the University has sadly been informed of the death of the following alumni:

Marianne Bhavsar

Raymond Frostick, Honorary Graduate

Erik Wilcock (EUR68)

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